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Incendiary Blonde (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Musical, Romance | 31 August 1945 (USA)
The life of boisterous entertainer Texas Guinan is recalled from her poor childhood with a down-on-his-luck father to her reign as the Queen of the Night Clubs. Along the way, she also ... See full summary »

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Bill Romero Kilgannon (as Arturo de Cordova)
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Joe Cadden
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Bessie Guinan
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Tim Callahan
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Nick the Greek
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The life of boisterous entertainer Texas Guinan is recalled from her poor childhood with a down-on-his-luck father to her reign as the Queen of the Night Clubs. Along the way, she also finds romance and heartbreak. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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She was the biggest sucker of them all!


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Trivia

Performed by Betty Hutton, this film features the standard "Row, Row, Row"(1912), from the appropriately titled Broadway Revue "Hanky Panky", Music by James V. Monaco.Lyrics by William Jerome. It is, a classic example of lyrics with a dual meaning, about a couple 'making out" while rowing. "They would drop both their oars, take a few more encores and then they'd row, row, row". Obviously, not to be confused with the children's song "Row Row Row Your Boat Gently Down The Stream". See more »

Goofs

When Mike Guinan is sitting on the bed in the bridal suite worrying about his potato crop, a shadow of the boom microphone moves on, then off the headboard. See more »

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Referenced in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) See more »

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Row, Row, Row
(1912) (uncredited)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by William Jerome
Sung by Betty Hutton at Guinan's
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Hutton acquits herself well but the film is a bit disappointing...
15 October 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

As splashy entertainment goes, this one is very splashy indeed, wrapped up in an abundance of Technicolor and show biz with costumes and sets that stamp it as a big-budget extravaganza centering on BETTY HUTTON.

While she creates a colorful portrait of Texas Guinan, none of the other characters really stand out, not even BARRY FITZGERALD who is short changed by playing a dim supporting role as her "so Irish" father. ARTURO de CORDOVA is decent enough as the man she falls head over heels in love with, but again, his role is strictly second tier while Hutton has the spotlight. Her musical numbers are all performed with skill and given the full Hutton personality which suits the Texas Guinan character completely.

For Betty Hutton fans, this is certainly one of her better films at Paramount, where she demonstrated a talent for playing wacky dames with a zest for life. She's zestier than ever here, in a colorful role that is a forerunner of things to come--mainly, her Annie in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. She even has some tearfully dramatic moments when the script tries to dig deeper into her personal loves and fears. She handles the varied situations well under George Marshall's direction.

But when it's all over, it's a bit of a disappointment that leads to a downbeat ending.


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